Creating a better world is possible if enough people want it. In many ways it is already happening, in other areas much work remains. Open source and free-shared sustainability components that include food, energy, and housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, and global stewardship practices are one approach for global improvement. One Community is an all-volunteer nonprofit developing all of these in support of a global collaboration for The Highest Good of all people and life on our planet.
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One Community’s physical location will forward this movement as the first of many self-replicating teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities to be built around the world. This is the August 20th, 2017 edition (#230) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
Here is the bullet-point list of this last week’s design and progress discussed in detail in the video above:
HIGHEST GOOD HOUSING: @7:40
DUPLICABLE CITY CENTER: @10:36
HIGHEST GOOD FOOD: @12:11
HIGHEST GOOD EDUCATION: @12:43
HIGHEST GOOD SOCIETY: @13:38
CREATING A BETTER WORLD SUMMARY: @14:59
One Community is creating a better world through Highest Good housing that is artistic and beautiful, more affordable, more space efficient, lasts longer, DIY buildable, and constructed with healthy and sustainable materials:
This last week the core team finished the heat exchanger video that shows our initial testing and results for the heat exchangers that will be used in the Earthbag Village Communal Eco-shower Designs. Once we finished this video, we also added it to the Communal Eco-shower page and updated the page with a parts list, testing descriptions, and other details, as shown here.
…And we remastered and added the final 18 images:
The core team also continued working in Sketchup on the open source outdoor areas of the Recycled Materials Village (Pod 6). We checked and replaced all repetitive items with easier to render components, created a bench with back support and tires (see top right pic that inspired the idea), and began designing a bench with roof and bookshelves.
In addition to this, the core team created this initial render of this view from inside the Tree House Village (Pod 7). You can see the before and after here with notes showing we’ll be updating the trees next.
Hemanth Kotaru (Structural Engineering Masters Student) completed his 3rd week with us by conducting additional Earthbag Village construction research. This week’s focus was buttressing and doorways and you can see a summary of the findings so far here.
And Christian Ojeda (Mechatronic Engineer) completed his 23rd week helping with the heat-recycling Communal Eco-shower and Vermiculture Bathroom designs. This week’s focus was an updated plumbing layout that placed the plumbing side-by-side and added in overflow safety pipes for the Net-zero Communal Bathroom Designs.
Guy Grossfeld(Graphic Designer) continued helping with the Tree House Village (Pod 7) renders. This week he ran final high-quality renders for all the different side views and the first new test render for the complete village, all of which you can see here.
Samantha Robinson (3D Designer) completed her 3rd week working on the interior design for the living structure of the Tree House Village (Pod 7). This week’s focus, as shown here, was fixing the custom end table designs to not conflict with the under-bed shelving, new clock, lamp, and shelving details, and beginning work on the staircase.
Rufino also started updating the AutoCAD layout to reflect the new layout details, as shown here.
One Community is creating a better world through a Duplicable and Sustainable City Center that is LEED Platinum certified/Sustainable, can feed 200 people at a time, provide laundry for over 300 people, is beautiful, spacious, and saves resources, money, and space:
This last week Haoxuan “Hayes” Lei (Structural Engineer) continued work on the City Center structural engineering tutorial. What you see here is his 3rd week of writing content. This week’s content focus was live loads and wind loads.
Dipti Dhondarkar, (Electrical Engineer) continued with her 46th week of work on the lighting specifics for the City Center. This week’s focus was fixing last week’s program errors, finishing updating the tables and chairs, testing 2 more lighting layouts for the wall, and adding the loft overhang where we’ll be placing additional accent lights.
Aravind Vasudevan (Mechanical Engineer) also continued his work on the City Center basement heating and cooling details. This week’s focus was completing version 2.0 of the climate battery calculations spreadsheet that we’ll be linking to from the City Center Heating and Cooling open source hub. You can see this work here.
Vamsi Pulugurtha (Mechanical Engineer) also completed this updated heat loss into the ground report as part of the City Center Heating and Cooling open source hub. This updated report now includes cross sections showing how the heat from the building decreases as you get deeper into the ground and how heat dissipates differently inside the basement based on the temperature of the surrounding earth.
One Community is creating a better world through Highest Good food that is more diverse, more nutritious, locally grown and sustainable, and part of our open source botanical garden model to support and share bio-diversity:
This week, the core team continued editing the Food Self-sufficiency Transition Plan pages. We streamlined the Food Bars page and created the long term and short term strategy sections on the new Food Procurement and Storage Plan page, as you see here.
One Community is creating a better world through Highest Good education that is for all ages, applicable in any environment, adaptable to individual needs, far exceeds traditional education standards, and more fun for both the teachers and the students:
This week, the core team continued the process of a final proofreading and editing of all 52 lesson plans. This week we completed the Play Lesson Plan and the Sharing Lesson Plan. This brings us to 46 of 52 finished, which is 88.5% completion.
One Community is creating a better world through a Highest Good society approach to living that is founded on fulfilled living, the study of meeting human needs, Community, and making a difference in the world:
The core team also invested several more hours developing the graphic showing where all our collaborators and volunteers are from. This information will be featured in our overview video and on the Team page.
In addition to this, Sowmya Manohar (Software Engineer, Web Developer & Net Application Developer) working on the Highest Good Network software fixed the known issues in the modals and provided a solution for an addon error that made installing the software problematic. Priti Kothari (Information Technology Enthusiast) also completed her first week helping with this part of the project by taking over development of the Leaderboard element, and Neha Verma (Software Development Manager) joined the team and began work on the time logging component.
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